A Guide to Finding the Right Conference Table for a Small Office
Conference rooms are important, in fact in a lot of offices they are the heart of the entire operation. It’s where daily staff meetings take place, or the all-important big meetings with clients, or safety meetings. They are even where close offices have employee birthday parties and so much more. It’s hard to put a value that a conference room has on a business. Whether big or small, the conference room has extreme value to each office. While a large office has the freedom to select almost any conference table on the market and it will fit. A small office must be more strategic.
With this in mind, this blog intends to be a strategic guide for a small office looking to get the most out of their own conference room. This guide will cover the different types of tables and provide examples of each. Also, tips will be given for each step of the process of finding a great conference table for a small office. The goal is at the end of this blog, anyone who is looking for a conference table for a small office will have all the information needed to make an informed, smart purchase that will serve their office fabulously for years to come.
A round conference table is very versatile. Not only can it fit in a small conference room, but they can also make for a more informal meeting place in a larger personal office such as an executive’s office. The most common sizes for this type of table is between 36” to 48” in diameter. These sizes fit four chairs comfortably but can fit five in a pinch.
*Tip- For a larger round conference table, contact our design team to answer questions about custom sizing options.
Round Conference Table Examples-
Corp Design Potenza Series Round Conference Table
Starting Price- $310.00
Available in diameters 36”, 42”, and 48” this round conference table features a central cord management system from the base to the tabletop to allow for the use of equipment such as phones, laptops, and projectors. The flared legs provide a bit of style in a small conference table. Low glare laminate pops with color of the finish, which there is five Corp Design signature finish options- Blanc De Gris, Espresso CD, Grigio CD, Miele, Noce. Attached to the conference table is a ten-year manufacturer’s warranty.
Express Office Furniture Status Series Round Meeting Table
Starting Price- $325.00
This round conference table is 42” in diameter and features a modern minimalist design with a unique ribbed edge. The cross shaped base is a focal point for a modest piece of office furniture. The Express Office Furniture finishes of Dark Walnut, Gray Woodgrain, and Modern Walnut provide options to meet most office color palettes. A five-year manufacturer’s warranty accompanies this office furniture.
Note- for a complete look at our inventory of round conference tables click on the link provided.
Square conference rooms are possibly the most versatile and adaptable choice on this list. This shape is mostly a modular design which allows multiple conference tables to be places side by side to make any unique shape that is needed. Some popular examples in a larger office would be a T shape or a U shape. These can be done in a smaller office as well; however available office space can limit the layout. A standalone square conference table seat four. The tabletop dimensions of our square shaped conference tables are 48”x48” in diameter.
*Tip- For assistance in designing a modular square conference table layout for any shaped conference room reach out to our design team.
Square Conference Table Example-
Square Cube Base Modern Conference Room Table and Chairs Set
Starting Price- $2,175.00
This Harmony Collection square base modern conference room table and chair set is a part of the PL Laminate Series. It features a two-tone finish option between the base and the tabletop which provides contrast to ensure that the conference table is the focal point of the conference room. It also features a cable management system option through the base to the tabletop to ensure that the cables are not exposed. This set comes with four midback office chairs. For the finish contrast a choice of Harmony Collection signature finishes are available. They are- Aspen, Cherry, Espresso, Mahogany, Modern Walnut, Newport Gray, and White. A five year warranty comes with this conference room table and chair set.
*Note- for a complete look at our inventory of round conference tables click on the link provided.
The standard table shape, a rectangle. In many conference rooms across North America, you will find a rectangular conference table. For most conference rooms it is the perfect shape for the room. They come in many lengths from 8’ to 24’ but for a small conference room most will be stop at 12’ to 16’ depending on the room.
Square Conference Table Example-
Modern Cube Base Conference Table
Starting Price- $1,425.00
This modern cube base conference table is from Harmony Collection as part of their PL Laminate Series. Available from eight feet up to twenty-four feet in length, in increments of two feet. Each base provides a cable management system option to power all the equipment that would set on a conference table. The commercial grade laminate allows for a two-toned finish between the base and the tabletop in the Harmony Collection signature finishes of Aspen, Cherry, Espresso, Mahogany, Modern Walnut, Newport Gray, and White. A five-year warranty comes with this rectangular conference room table.
Rectangular Conference Table with Wire Management Base
Starting Price- $1,170.00
Another innovative cable management design built into the legs to make the conference room more efficient. This rectangular conference table has options from six feet to twenty-one feet. It also features a two-toned finish between the base and the tabletop in the Groupe Lacasse finishes- Anthracite Grey, Bourbon Cherry, Caramello, Cherry Red, Classic Chocolate, Dark Chocolate, Fossil, Frost, Grigio, Hard Rock Maple, Hazelnut, Karoo, Mojave, Natural Cherry Warm, Niagara, Roots, Sahara, Salta, Snow, Totem, Tuscany Walnut, and Willow Grey. This allows for hundreds of finish combinations to choose from to make a perfect fit in any office.
*Tip- A rule of thumb to remember when considering a rectangular conference table is that for every foot in length, one chair can fit. Therefore, an eight-foot rectangular conference table will hold eight chairs. Link also provided for the full rectangular conference table inventory.
The racetrack conference table is a unique shape. It has the same shape of a rectangular conference table with an interesting twist. The corners on the short end are rounded creating an oval shape with two long straight runs in the middle. The name comes from the shape it makes, an oval racetrack like those popular in NASCAR. Seating is the same as with a rectangular conference table.
Racetrack Conference Table Examples-
Cherryman Racetrack Conference Table
Starting Price- $910.00
The Cherryman Amber Series racetrack conference table is manufactured with melamine and is built to last. Cherryman offers several signature finish options which are- Black Cherry, Hard Rock Maple CM, Mocha Cherry CM, Park Walnut, Sienna Mahogany, and Valley Grey. The office furniture is available in sizes from six feet to twenty feet. It is a fantastic centerpiece of a conference room. This racetrack conference table comes with a ten-year manufacturer’s warranty.
Express Office Furniture Racetrack Conference Table
Starting Price- $480.00
Express Office Furniture’s Express Office Series racetrack conference table is a great traditional option for a small conference room. It is available in sizes from six feet to twelve feet which means that this model was designed with a small conference room in mind. Express Office Furniture kept the finishes to natural woodgrain finishes to keep in step with the traditional design. Those finishes are- Cherry, Dark Walnut, Gray Woodgrain, and Modern Walnut. Express Office furniture has provided a five-year warranty with this racetrack conference table.
*Note- The racetrack shape is considered a premium shape compared to a standard rectangular shape. This is due to the extra character provided by the rounded corners. Also, the link to the full inventory of racetrack conference tables is provided.
Shape- Boat Shaped
The boat shaped conference table is a twist on the rectangular shape conference table. Whereas the racetrack shape affects the ends of the conference table, the boat shaped conference table flares out the long sides of the office furniture. Looking down from above this gives it a profile similar to an old style dingy, hence- boat shaped.
Boat Shaped Conference Table Examples-
Corp Design Boat Shaped Conference Table
Starting Price- $915.00
The Corp Design Potenza Series boat shaped conference table is a contemporary design with aluminum accent bases and a precut grommet with matching aluminum accent. It is available in sizes from eight feet to twenty feet. This racetrack conference table is available in the Corp Design signature finishes of Blanc De Gris, Espresso CD, Grigio CD, Miele, and Noce. It also carries a ten-year warranty.
Modern Boat Shaped Conference Table
Starting Price- $700.00
This Harmony Collection modern boat shaped conference table is a part of the PL Laminate Series of office furniture. It comes with a pre-installed grommet for powering office equipment. This model is a two-toned finish options. Those finish options are the Harmony Collection signature finishes- Aspen, Espresso, Mahogany, Modern Walnut, Newport Gray, and White. The boat shaped conference table is available in sizes from eight feet to twenty-four feet and comes with a five-year warranty.
*Note- Boat shaped conference tables are the most popular shape for executive conference rooms. There are more boat shaped conference tables available on in the Madison Liquidators inventory than any other shape. Also, a link to the full inventory is provided below.
A conference table sizing chart that provides a technical explanation to conference tables
A guide to upgrading a conference room for a growing small office
A guide to adding power to the conference table
A guide for selecting the right conference table
Sometimes shapes of the tables are chosen because of the demands of the conference room size or shape. Others, they are dictated by the size of the staff. Sometimes, they are chosen to match the design aesthetic of the office. Regardless of all these factors, the conference table must function well. Often, all these factors make for a difficult. In these times it is best to reach out to professionals to help assist in designing the perfect conference room. Madison Liquidators has a full design team with many years of layout and floor planning.
We offer a full service from conception to installation. Going through every step, answering every question until you have found the perfect conference room table and accessories you need. We will assist with working within your budget, and your schedule to ensure that all your needs are met. If you are ready to start the process of finding the perfect conference table for a small office, then please reach out to us at Phone (608) 831-1012.
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